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Paul Konerko, Shane Victorino win All-Star Final Vote

Jul 7, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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Paul Konerko and Shane Victorino went wire-to-wire in winning the All-Star Game Final Vote and will be the 34th men on their respective teams next week.

With no Yankees nor Red Sox making the cut, Konerko’s path to claiming the AL opening was clear.  He held off Victor Martinez, Alex Gordon, Adam Jones and Ben Zobrist for the much-deserved nod.  Konerko ranks fourth in the AL with 22 homers and 64 RBI and sixth with a .319 average.

Victorino also looked like the right choice, if only because the NL couldn’t even put fellow center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the ballot.  Victorino, who also won the final vote in 2009, beat out Andre Ethier, Todd Helton, Michael Morse and Ian Kennedy.

Unfortunately, Victorino is currently sidelined with a sprained right thumb that could keep him out of next week’s contest.  But maybe that just means McCutchen will take his spot.  The NL squad had just one legitimate center fielder in Matt Kemp before Victorino was added, so it’s make more sense to replace him with another center fielder than with Ethier.

7:25 p.m. EDT update: A cool note from MLB.com’s Scott Merkin:

Konerko was to get $15,000 bonus for making the All-Star team. As a thank you for the fan vote, he’s donating it to White Sox Charities

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    I’m happy for Konerko- he’s having a great year.

    Also would be happy if Beep-beep were to be the only Yankee to have to play this miserable game……….oops. I meant because he’s an outstanding member of society and the only Yankee truly deserving of this honor. Was that better?

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Good for Shane. He deserves that honor. Despite being an all start multiple times, I still feel like he is an underrated part of the Phillies. Not surprised he won the vote; the Phillies and the state of Hawaii do a good job of promoting him.

    • bigxrob - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      Wait, are you suggesting Victorino is from Hawaii?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        Don’t be ridiculous. If Victorino were from Hawaii, we would have heard about it by now. Someone would have said something.

      • spudchukar - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        Yeah, I thought he liked surfing or something, and that is how he got the “Flyin’ Hawai’ian. He will probably blow off the All-Star game, and kick back and relax, you know in the native sorta way.

  3. MightyMoonWorm - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Cool, I voted for those two about 50 times over the past few days. Good news all around.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    “Konerko ranks fourth in the NL with 22 homers and 64 RBI and sixth with a .319 average”

    I think you mean AL…..

    As for the Victorino vote-in if he is hurt McCutcheon better take his place.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      Whoops. Thanks.

  5. halladaysbiceps - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    As a Phillies fan, this is not deserving. Victorino is having a good year, but not all-star worthy.

  6. mercyflush - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Victorino has been the best all around position player on the team with the best record in baseball. I think he’s definitely all star worthy. McCutchen should have been on the team, no question, same for Kemp. But Shane is the 3rd best CF in the NL and to say he hasn’t been all star worthy is not accurate IMO.

  7. pkswally024 - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Halladaysbicips? More like davidherndonstaint… If you were even that lucky.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Don’t be an ass. In fact, maybe you should write on your hand, “I will not get drunk and post on message boards.”

  8. wkinsomnia - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    woohoo !..redemption for Pauly. Glad he was rewarded for taking less money to stay in Chicago and for having a great season. He has been the face of the White Sox franchise(when Ozzie isn’t ranting on Twitter)and he is well deserved of this achievement.

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